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EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN

REGARDLESS OF THE SITUATION NEVER PUT YOURSELF AT RISK

  • RAISE THE ALARM
  • INFORM OTHERS OF THE INCIDENT
  • SUMMON IMMEDIATE AND APPROPRIATE ASSISTANCE
  • IF THE FARM OR INCIDENT SITE MAY BE DIFFICULT TO FIND
  • ASSIGN SOME ONE TO DIRECT THE EMERGENCY SERVICES


Fire or Emergency

Pollution Risks and Spillages

Accidents

General Issues


Fire or Emergency

1. Dial 999 and give the following information:

  • Farm address
  • Farm contact
  • Farm telephone number
  • Farm map reference
  • Consise description of the incident.

2. Agree a suitable meeting point

  • Move any staff, livestock or machinery away from the danger area without endangering anyone.
  • Inform the fire brigade of the location of any flammable, explosive, poisonous materials or any oxidising agents including gas cylinders and pesticide stores.

If appropriate ensure the premises are registered under the Dangerous Substances (Notification and Marking of Sites) Regulations and the Radioactive Substances Act.


Pollution Risks and Spillages

  1. Are surface waters or groundwaters at risk. Remember field drains, ditches may feed local rivers and ponds.
  2. Contain spillages whenever possible but do not compromise safety or put yourself at risk.
  3. Call the Environment Agency or SEPA and pass on the following information:
  • Farm address
  • Farm contact
  • Farm telephone number
  • Farm map reference
  • Consise description of the incident and the risks of water pollution
  1. If the spillage is quite large or if a noxious or poisonous substance is involved inform the police also Dial 999.

Accidents

1. Dial 999 and give the following information:

  • Farm address
  • Farm contact
  • Farm telephone number
  • Farm map reference
  • Consise description of the accident.

General Issues

  1. Assist the emergency services by clearly signposting your pemises from the road.
  2. Ensure staff are trained in the safe operation of all tasks on the farm including the emergency procedures identified.
  3. Ensure machinery and equipment is regularly maintained and all safeguards are operational.
  4. Regularly service and test alarms. Hold fire drills regularly.
  5. Have written and tested procedures for evacuating animal houses.
  6. Ensure all fire fighting equipment is regularly serviced and is suitable for the local risks.
  7. Ensure there is adequate provision of spill control materials. This should include a good supply of absorbent granules, spades, containers for contaminated granules and protective clothing/equipment.
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